Keystone – Custer – Fort Laramie – Cheyenne – Denver – Buena Vista
The ride was 515 miles with about 8.5 hours of ride time.
Friday July 26, 2013
My day started with flashes of lighting and rumbling thunder, slapping me awake around 4:00, this was followed by the rain. I was hopping it would stop before it was time for us to leave, but it didn’t. Chuck’s tent leaked and he woke up soaking wet.
We packed wet and were on the road by 6:30, we left Keystone and drove into fog for a few miles, followed by rain. At the edge of the mountains the rain stopped and the wind started. The crosswind would stay with us for most of the day.
When we stopped for gas in Lusk WY and I was already beat. We bought some T-shirts at a local shop and got started for Cheyenne.
We ate lunch in Cheyenne at Poor Richards, it was a top ranked restaurant in Google. The food was very good and we all enjoyed our lunch. It was some of the best food we had on our trip.
The ride to Denver was very trying, it took us 3.5 hours to go 100 miles. We were driving in Friday afternoon rush hour stop and go traffic. The James Taylor song “Damn this Traffic Jam” kept repeating in my head. One guy in a white truck almost ran Chuck and I off the road. This ride really tested me. I made a huge mistake in planning the ride, I took us through Denver on a Friday afternoon. Lesson learned.
It was just after 6 when we got to Buena Vista. Chuck decided that his gear was too wet to use and got a hotel room. My daughter and I set up our camp and did laundry before going to dinner. After dinner we showered and used our computers in the rec room. We camped at the Snowy Peaks, it was very nice.
This ride was a hard one. But now that’s it’s over the one thing I will always remember about this day, will be the rainbow we saw at the edge of the Black Hills. It was better than Rushmore and it cost less.